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Turkey: Concern over proposals to introduce new regulation of “fake” and “foreign-funded” news

23 July 2021 The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) and undersigned partner organisations are concerned about and condemn recent statements by Turkish President Erdoğan and other government officials pertaining to the introduction of new regulation of so-called fake news and “foreign-funded” news in the country. Officials’ targeting several critical and independent media outlets for securing […]

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Several journalists seriously injured by rubber bullets shot by police while covering protests in Turkey

The International Press Institute (IPI) condemned the Turkish police violence against journalists covering the protests yesterday, July 20, in Istanbul and İzmir, and called for an immediate end to the use of excessive force. According to local reports, at least 20 reporters and photojournalists were beaten by the police and injured by rubber bullets. Local […]

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IPI welcomes decision to reject top presidential official’s complaint against Cumhuriyet reporters

The Personal Data Protection Authority (abbrev. in Turkish: KVKK) published its reasoning on July 7 on a complaint brought by the Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun against independent newspaper Cumhuriyet following articles which reported on an illegal construction on a property he rented. IPI welcomed the decision and said it represented a milestone for the […]

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Turkish public broadcaster TRT moves farther from objective coverage with new appointees

The IPI global network today warned that the most recent appointments to the executive board of Turkey’s state-run Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) by President Erdoğan risk a further loss of impartiality and push the public broadcaster to become an absolute state-propaganda outlet. On July 14, 2021, TRT’s entire executive board was replaced by a […]

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